Now Go Out There (and Get Curious)Book - 2016 | First edition.
A celebration of curiosity, compassion, and the surprising power of fear, based on the New York Times bestselling author and renowned professor's 2015 commencement address at Syracuse University.
"Being smart and rich are lucky, but being curious & compassionate will save your ass."
Every year there are one or two commencement speeches that strike a chord with audiences far greater than the student bodies for which they are intended. In 2015 Mary Karr's speech to the graduating class of Syracuse University caught fire, hailed across the Internet as one of the most memorable in recent years, and lighting up the Twittersphere.
In Now Go Out There, Karr explains why having your heart broken is just as--if not more--important than falling in love; why getting what you want often scares you more than not getting it; how those experiences that appear to be the worst cannot be so easily categorized; and how to cope with the setbacks that inevitably befall all of us. "Don't make the mistake of comparing your twisted up insides to other people's blow-dried outsides," she cautions. "Even the most privileged person in this stadium suffers the torments of the damned just going about the business of being human."
An ideal--and beautifully designed--gift for a graduate or for anyone looking for some down-to-earth life advice, Now Go Out There is destined to become a classic.
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He'd (Walt Mink) shown me how to replace revulsion with curiosity. How to wonder...
And before I left Minnesota-stupidly dropping out to lope around Europe-I said to him, "How will I ever pay you back for all this?"
And he looked surprise. He said, "It's not that linear. You're not gonna pay me back. You're gonna take somebody else to lunch who needs it."...
Being smart and rich are lucky, but being curious and compassionate will save your ass.
And if you can get curious about what scares or infuriates you-especially if it's part of yourself-you can grow less scared.
And fast-in the flick of a lash. You can open your eyes onto a completely different world, because you can see it from a less terrified consciousness.
Bad things are gonna happen to you, because they happen to us all. And worrying won't stave the really bad things off...
But don't make the mistake of comparing your twisted-up insides to other people's blow-dried outsides.
Even the most privileged person in this stadium suffers the torments of the damned just going about the businesses of being human.
But I am not a poor thing or Dickensian orphan. I adored my gambler daddy, who had in his wallet on the day of his stroke my first published poem.
And my beautiful outlaw mother read books the way junkies shoot dope. Plus she got sober at sixty, and showed me how to follow.
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